Evansville, IN – After The Community Dental Clinic that opened in 2006 closed a short six years later CAJE began hearing concerns about access to dental care in the community. CAJE played a key role in opening the clinic in 2006, and once again took on the issue of expanding access to dental care to the poor and uninsured in the community.
At the 2014 Nehemiah Action CAJE won commitments from Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, ECHO’s Sandy Strader-McMillan and County Council President Tom Shetler to find funding for ECHO Health’s proposed dental care program.
This program would give low income and members of the community access to quality dental care at a sliding scale cost. Funding was found for the program during the summer of 2014 and there are currently 19 area dentists involved in the program. This allows them to serve around 3,000 members of the community.
The program is run and overseen by ECHO Health a community healthcare provider focused on providing low income members of the community with quality healthcare, including dental care. While the dentists in the dental program primarily treat existing conditions at this time the goal is to expand the program to the point where they are able to provide preventative care.
Columbus, OH – In 2005, BREAD won a commitment of $1.2 million from Franklin County to expand services at the Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers (CNHC). This allocation meant more than 2,700 people received annual on-going healthcare beginning in 2006. BREAD also convinced the Columbus City Council to restore more than $343,000 in proposed cuts to the CNHC. As a result, 1,500 people continued to receive prescription drug benefits in 2005. At BREAD’s May 2009 Nehemiah Action, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown committed his full support to lobby the U.S. Department of Health for stimulus money to expand neighborhood health centers in Columbus. In the fall of 2009, $4.5 million was awarded to expand community healthcare services tenfold. On October 4, 2010, ground breaking ceremonies were held for the new Capital Park Neighborhood Health Center located at 2150 Angler Road, Columbus, Ohio. Currently BREAD is working in a collaborative effort with CARESOURCE and local federally qualified health centers to better connect services with low-income families in need.
Jacksonville, FL – In 2004, ICARE led local efforts to ensure enrollment caps were lifted for the Florida KidCare program, a program which offers affordable healthcare for children from low-income families. This resulted in 4,500 children in Northeast Florida and 90,000 children statewide being offered affordable healthcare. ICARE’s efforts also included the passage of a Jacksonville City Council resolution supporting KidCare.